Thursday, August 03, 2017

No, Bette Did Not Put a Curse on Joan**

The opening scene of Riptide (1934), wherein Herbert Marshall appears in a rather amazing "bug" costume, is, well, on the bizarre side.  But it is funny. 

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), has its own bizarre sequence.  Everyone is at a charity auction and a fierce bidding takes place for a doll with an almost spooky likeness of Mrs. Cheyney, Ms. Crawford, of course.  Now, I am not sure what adults do with lifelike dolls, for the most part, but Lord Dilling (Dill/Bob) is the winner, as seen here observing his new treasure.  Makes me shudder a bit.

       Bob and Joan Crawford, sort of, in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

There was also a doll in the likeness of Dill/Bob.  Wonder what happened to it after the movie?   I don't have a doll collection, but ...

**Maybe not from tryingActually, in 1937 it would more likely have been Norma Shearer!


Javier said...

Everytime I see the film I wonder about the where-abouts of the dolls.
Mr. Montgomery is one of my favourite Actors. I wish some props from his films were available to us, and a good book about his life in the Cinema business as well.

Kathy said...

Javier! Yes, the dolls. Can't imagine them just being discarded, great gag gifts for the crew if nothing else!! And, unfortunately, Bob's movies were made before the concept of collecting movie items became big business. Would love to have the "hat box" from Night Must Fall, but would have to fight Debbie for it!

Bob's career and life outside the movies certainly justify a biography. Were you aware that he signed on to do his autobiography with the same writer who did Cagney's, but died before the project could get started? What a total shame not to have anything written about him.

Debbie said...

I agree, it seems unbelievable that is no book on Bob other than his daughter Liz's book, and that is about her and her relationship with her father. The writer, John McCabe, that did the Cagney bio, did a great job. Too bad the book on Bob never got written.

And yes, Kathy, you would have to fight me for the "hat box" for sure! lolololol

valarina_palemina said...

The photo isn’t creepy. If you watch the movie you see that he’s having a conversation with the doll for the sake of the actual Mrs Chaney to hear what he really wants to say to HER.